Hazards Planning Center

Planning Information Exchange

With a new award agreement granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the successful Planning Information Exchange (PIE) webinar series has been extended for two additional years, starting October 1, 2016. APA will continue to act as the lead in an agreement with FEMA, and ASFPM as a partner. The quarterly webinars will continue to revolve around four central themes:

  • The information exchange focuses on all hazards.
  • The information exchange focuses primarily on mitigation planning but also its connections with recovery planning and preparedness.
  • APA and ASFPM act as co-conveners of all planning exchange webinars. This means that both organizations will use their respective web-based meeting platforms to set up, register, drive, facilitate, record, and provide technical support for all webinar meetings.
  • Planning exchange hosts select topics and commit to moderate, present, and lead the planning exchange webinars.


Planning Integration for Resilience Scorecard

October 4, 2017 | 2:00–3:30 p.m. CT
(starting at 3 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. MT, 12 p.m. PT)

CM | 1.5


A community may have a large number of plans addressing a variety of issues: housing, economic development, parks/open space, land use, emergency response, and hazard mitigation are just some of them. The question is, are all of these plans aligned to accomplish your community's resiliency goals? Or are they at cross-purposes with each other?

ASFPM Executive Director Chad Berginnis, will moderate as Jaimie Hicks Masterson, associate director of Texas Target Communities, and Phillip Berke, PhD, director of the Institute of Sustainable Coastal Communities through Texas A&M University, discuss an exciting research project and tools being developed for the practitioner community. The project will spatially evaluate networks of plans to reduce hazard vulnerability. In this webinar they will discuss:

  • The reason local plans are inconsistent and show how local plans are coordinated
  • How to identify incongruities within networks of plans
  • Using the Plan Integration for Resilience (PIRS) process to provide communities developing/updating plans with a guidance framework to reduce future hazard exposure and better align plans and policies
  • Preliminary results of using the PIRS process in Norfolk, Virginia


Jaimie Hicks Masterson

Jaimie Hicks Masterson is associate director of Texas Target Communities (TTC) at Texas A&M University. She develops community training curriculum on community resilience, vulnerability and asset mapping, city planning, and hazard reduction and mitigation. Masterson received her Master of Urban Planning from Texas A&M University and earned a Certificate in Environmental Hazard Management. Her thesis received first prize in the Engineering and Architecture Category for Student Research Week, the Melbern G. Glasscock Humanities Award, and second prize for the Vice President of Research Diversity Award. She also has background and experience in landscape architecture, urban design, and environmental design and received her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University.


Phillip Berke, PhD

Philip Berke is a professor of land use and environmental planning in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, and Director of the Institute of Sustainable Coastal Communities at College Station. His work lies at the intersection of land use planning, urban ecology, and community resilience to environmental hazards. Berke is the co-recipient of several best article awards and honorable mention awards from the Journal of the American Planning Association, co-author of a book selected as one of the 100 Essential Books in Planning for the 20th Century by the American Planning Association, and was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in New Zealand. In 2013, he received the Award for Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring by the University of North Carolina Graduate School. Berke's research is currently supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate.


Chad Berginnis, CFM

Chad Berginnis became executive director of ASFPM in July 2012 after joining the the organization in 2011. Since 2000, he has served ASFPM as insurance committee chair, mitigation policy committees' coordinator, vice chair, and chair. Berginnis received his Bachelor of Science in natural resources from Ohio State University. Since 1993, his work has focused on floodplain management, hazard mitigation, and land-use planning at the state, local, and private sector level.

Past Webinars

  • Naturally Resilient Communities (May 30, 2017) CM | 1.5
  • Post-Disaster Temporary Housing: Urban Planning Considerations (March 23, 2017) CM | 1.0
  • Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas (December 2, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • State Resiliency Initiatives: From Issue to Action! (September 22, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • Combining Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Plans (July 7, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • Know Your Dam Risk! (May 6, 2016) CM | 1.5
  • Adapting Urban Vacant Land to Mitigate Hazards (February 26, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • Hazard Mitigation Implementation (December 10, 2015) CM | 1.0
  • Hazards Planning and Resilience: The Elected Official's Perspective (October 19, 2015)
  • Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience (June 30, 2015) CM | 1.0
  • The Role of Hazard Mitigation in Post-Disaster Recovery (May 6, 2015)

View presentations from past webinars